Leadership

Christina Ciampolillo, President

Christina Ciampolillo, a junior partner attorney at the firm of Conway, Homer & Chin-Caplan, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked as a mediator in consumer affairs before earning her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. Ms. Ciampolillo started at the firm in 2008 as a law clerk and continued with the firm as an attorney. She has extensive practice before the Office of Special Masters, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is also a member of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Ms. Ciampolillo has been invited to speak on various topics in the Vaccine Program by the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. 


 David Carney, Vice President 

David J. Carney is an associate at Anapol Weiss in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he has spent his entire legal career representing individuals that have been injured by chemical exposures, by medical negligence, and by vaccines in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  David is an active member in the Vaccine Injured Petitioner’s Bar Association and the American Association for Justice and he has regularly lectured at CLEs for both organizations.  In addition, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. David was selected for inclusion in the 2014 – 2017 editions of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, a distinction given to only 2.5% of lawyers who are either under 40 years old or in practice for less than 10 years. Finally, he is an author of all 5 editions of The Legal Intelligencer’s Pennsylvania Causes of Action book.


Clifford J. Shoemaker, Treasurer

Clifford J. Shoemaker is the senior partner at Shoemaker, Gentry & Knickelbein. He is an adjunct professor and Co-Director of the Vaccine Injury Legal Clinic at George Washington University Law School. Since leaving active duty in the Marine Corps in 1977, Mr. Shoemaker has been in private practice, primarily representing children and adults who have been injured by vaccines. During the swine flu litigation of the late 1970s, Mr. Shoemaker served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in multi-district litigation before the Honorable Judge Gerhardt Gesell in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Shoemaker was involved in the establishment of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in the late 1980’s, and he has been involved in representing clients in that program ever since.


 Nancy Meyers, Secretary

Nancy Meyers is an attorney with Ward Black Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in medical research before attending the University of Louisville School of Law where she graduated cum laude in 1995.   Nancy’s career has been primarily representing seriously injured clients in the setting of medical negligence and vaccine injuries.  In addition to being a member of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association and the American Association for Justice,  Nancy is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and was recently selected as a 2018 Best Lawyers® recipient for Personal Injury Litigation.


Edward Kraus, Board of Director

Edward Kraus is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Kraus joined the faculty at Chicago-Kent in 1999 where he has taught Health and Disability law classes and represented individuals in a variety of matters involving health and disability issues. He currently directs the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic where, along with his associate, Amy Kraus, he works with student interns to represent people who have suffered vaccine injuries. Professor Kraus served on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines from March 2012 to December 2016.  The Commission consists of nine members, who provide input to the Secretary regarding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).  Professor Kraus currently serves as a member of the Vaccine Committee of the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, he was an attorney at the law firm of Plokin, Jacobs & Orlofksy Ltd., where he specialized in complex civil litigation and consumer class actions. From 1996 to 1997, Professor Kraus was the policy director for the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs, where he directed advocacy and policy efforts addressing social and economic justice issues in Chicago. From 1993 to 1996, he was a staff attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin, where he represented low-income clients in a variety of civil matters, including public benefits, special education and Medicaid. Professor Kraus received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. (cum laude) from Georgetown University Law Center.


Jessica A. Olins, Director of Technology

Jessica A. Olins is an attorney at the law firm of Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A., and focuses on the representation of clients in nationwide complex vaccine injury litigation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Redlands University prior to attending and graduating from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Olins began as a summer associate with Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A., in her second year of law school, primarily focusing on vaccine injury litigation and fees. Throughout her tenure with Maglio, Christopher & Toale, P.A., she has become extensively involved with vaccine fee litigation. Ms. Olins’ practice also involves engaging in subpoena enforcement in federal district courts nationwide.

Ms. Olins is actively involved in her legal and local community. She is a member of the American Association for Justice and its New Lawyers Division. Additionally, Ms. Olins is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Respecting the importance of staying current in complex litigation, Ms. Olins is also a member of Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan D.C. Ms. Olins was recently invited to speak on the topic of fees in the Vaccine Program by the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association. She also continues to develop the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association website.